New Mulch means Artillery Fungus!
Artillery Fungus is a problem. These spores of the genus "Sphaerobolus" will attach themselves to your Knoxville home siding and Windows. Though not harmful, it is a nuisance and, if left to set, the spores can cause permanent staining.
The artillery fungus, or shotgun fungus, is a wood-decay fungus that likes to live on moist
landscape mulch. The worst thing about this fungus is that it shoots spores up to 20 feet,
which often land on siding, cars and anything else that surrounds the mulch. It seems to
have become a serious problem this year for many homeowners here in East Tennessee.
Every year we have a lot of customers come in with this problem Unfortunately no natural mulch can resist the artillery fungus – Penn State Plant Pathology department has tested 27 different kinds of mulch and found that with enough time all of the mulches were supporting the evil spore-shooting mushroom.
As far as getting rid of the spores on your siding – that’s not a fun job. The most important
part is to get them quick, as they are covered in sticky substance that will stay on the
siding for good if not taken care of in a timely fashion. New vinyl siding that still has
an oily residue on it can be power-washed within the first week. In other cases pressure-washing
will be fruitless. Scraping the spores off one-by-one with a scraper or steel wool is
tedious but effective. After that there will still be a stain left, which can be taken
care of with an ink eraser or possibly bleach.
No mulch is completely safe from the artillery fungus!
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One of the Most common things I'm asked is How do I keep my Windows Shiny till the next cleaning with the crazy weather Knoxville gets this is a chore in itself, well Here at Innovative Glass, we've compiled the answer!
For Your homes Exterior
If you have exterior mounted screens it is best to have them cleaned with your window cleaning. Dust and pollen that gets trapped in the screen mesh will wash onto the glass during a rain shower. During the winter when the windows are not opened, you can remove the screens and store them for the season. In the warm months screens can be removed from the windows that are never opened.
Keep your barbeque grill at least 5 feet away from any windows or doorwalls. This will stop splattering sauce, grease, smoke and oils from landing on your newly cleaned glass.
Keep trees and bushes trimmed away from the home. Trees and bushes give off pollens that can gather on the glass just like dust. Keeping them trimmed back away from the home will reduce the amount of pollen that will accumulate on the glass.
Keep your lawn sprinklers from watering the windows. Windows that are in the path of a sprinkler system will get stained from mineral deposits. These types of stains will eventually etch the glass and cause permanent damage.
Inside Your Home
Change your furnace air filters regularly. Keeping the air filter clean in your heating/cooling system will reduce the amount of indoor airborne dust that would otherwise accumulate not only on your windows but your home furnishings as well.
Have your heating/cooling air ducts cleaned. Cleaning the air ducts is especially helpful in new construction and newly remodeled homes. Drywall dust from construction that has gathered inside of the ducts gets circulated throughout the home when the system runs. Cleaning the ducts will eliminate this source of dust and keep both your home and windows cleaner longer.
And remember, rain does not make the windows dirty, dirt does. Dust accumulates on the outside of the glass from lawn mowers, leaf blowers, tree pollen, car exhaust and many other sources. When it rains, the water droplets push the dust into different patterns and after the water dries the dust remains on the glass. This new “mud residue” is now highly visible because it is no longer uniformly settled. Clean glass will stay clean after a rain because once the rain water dries, there is nothing left behind to obscure the view.
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Gutters are like your home's drainage system. They're not fun to maintain, but they play an important role in the way your home serves you. As long as they work, you probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about them. When your gutters are clean, the excess water can't damage your home. That's why it's so important to clean your gutters regularly, especially after a long winter.
When water stands in clogged gutters, a few bad things happen. First, it's a perfect breeding area for mosquito larvae. Second, the excess weight from the water creates constant pressure on the nails holding your gutters in place. Third, pooled water can leak out of gutters in the wrong places. Constant dampness from pooled water can rot your fascia, and eventually your gutters can fall off, leaving you to deal with a repair that costs more than gutter cleaning.
When gutters get full and overflow, the excess water runs down and rests beside your home's foundation. The constant moisture can damage your foundation, but that's not all. Some of the water seeps into the basement and can form mildew and dangerous mold if left untreated.
Tips for cleaning YOUR Gutters